Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes): Three Months in Barcelona Neighborhoods

Central Oregon–Barcelona’s neighborhoods, such as l’Eixample or El Raval, are known for their architectural and artistic innovations. Besides being a platform for expression by Gaudí, Dalí, Picasso, and Miró, and a place of social experience, Barcelona engenders community and spirit that offers a model of community organization for other areas. Its Catalan spirit creates vital places for smaller communities to stimulate intergenerational participation in cultural traditions and civic actions.

Join Jon and Lisa Bouknight as they share original photographs and research from three months in Spain with Central Oregon Community College study abroad students. A variety of cultural activities, such as celebrations, contests, and even emergency preparedness highlight the importance of neighborhoods.

As a professor of speech and writing at COCC, Jon Bouknight enjoys teaching intercultural communication and media ecology. Spending the fall term in Spain with his wife Lisa fulfilled a goal that began when, as a teenager, Jon first finished Don Quixote, Part 1.

Lisa Goetz-Bouknight, also in the Humanities department at COCC, has connected with the needs of smaller communities through arts education, transitional education, ADA advocacy, and emergency preparedness. Along with Jon—and the generous support of COCC’s study abroad program and its participating students and sponsors (Barcelona Study Abroad Experience), Lisa learned to focus her camera’s eye on the wonders of long-term international experiences.

This presentation is open to the public and will be held at the Riverbend Community Room, Bend Parks and Recreation District, 799 SW Columbia.